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Roker Riches Week 11: Derby Day Betting Picks!

Week #11 sees the Roker Report betting team faced with a difficult prospect - are we prepared to put our money where our mouths are and back Sunderland to beat Newcastle?

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There were two winners last week - Gav's £20 bet on both teams to score in the Swansea v Bournemouth game at evens came in, meaning he was £10 up overall, and Brian's four-fold meant he made £12.17 profit.

The rest of the lads were.... unlucky. Yeah. Unlucky.

Jim missed a week so I'm docking him a tenner.

Week #10 Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@GRokerReport + 10.00 £95.00
@FunkyPhallus + £12.17 £72.14
@Jim_Holmes_101 - £10.00 £55.00
@RoryFallow - £8.00 £29.00
@DJRoberts22 - £10.00 £27.80

@SAFCSource

- £10.00 -£16.50

@RoryFallow

The Tyne-Wear derby seems to have it's foundations built on penalties. Borini standing on the advertising boards, a masked Nicklas Bendtner tucking one away in front of the Gallowgate and who can forget Sorensen denying Shearer.

With Defoe, Borini and Khazri running at Steven Taylor, you do get the feeling that we could get a spot kick against Newcastle for the second time this season. Betfair offer a nice 4/1 for a penalty to be awarded (to either side) and I'll place £5 on it.

Ours isn't the only derby taking place on Sunday either. At 4pm Manchester City host Manchester United and I can see a dull 0-0 occurring. City looked blunt going forward against Norwich and United will probably set up for a draw, going off their recent displays. Coral are offering 10/1 for there to be no goalscorer and I'll chuck another desperate fiver on that.

Picks:

Penalty to be awarded in the Newcastle v Sunderland game: 4/1 - £5

Man City v Man Utd to finish 0-0: 10/1 - £5

@SAFCSource

To say the derby on Sunday is going to be a tight, nerve-racking game would be an understatement, and because of that I am going to avoid predicting a result or scoreline. Instead I am going to stick with bets that should come in regardless of the result. So putting £5 on Jermain Defoe to score at anytime (9/4) and both teams to score - which considering the defensive records of both teams should be nailed on - (10/11) in a double.

Runaway League Two leaders Northampton are away to Stevenage - who are down in 22nd - and should have enough to beat the strugglers. Stevenage have lost without scoring in their last four games, a similar result wouldn't be a surprise.

Picks:

Jermain Defoe anytime/Both teams to score (double): 6/1 - £5

Northampton to win to nil: 12/5 - £5

@GRokerReport

*Gulp*

F**k it. £30 on us to beat them black and white twats. Haway me bonny lads.

Elsewhere..... Athletico Madrid and Bilbao both have away games against sides they should be beating this weekend. £15 on both of those sides to win returns £50.60.

Picks:

Sunderland to beat Newcastle: 5/2 - £30 returns £105.00

Bilbao & Athletico Madrid to both win: 3.37/1 - £15 returns £50.60

@FunkyPhallus

The odds on there being a red card in Sunday's game aren't great and Martin Atkinson has only sent one player off all season, so I'm going to take a different punt on the cards - I'm going to place a fiver on a yellow to be shown in the first ten minutes of the match.

My second bet is simple Swansea and Spurs double. I think this is sure to come in so will place a hefty stake.

Picks:

Yellow card to be given in the opening ten minutes of the NUFC v SAFC game: 4/1 - £5

Swansea to beat Villa and Spurs to beat Bournemouth double: 1.41/1 - £25

@DJRoberts22

I have no idea once again with my Sunderland bet, so, a stab in the dark - I'm going to go for both teams to score with the final result being a draw. A fiver on 15/4 odds wields me a £23.75 return.

For my second bet, I'm going put on a fiver for League One side Walsall to beat bottom placed Colchester, League Two Leyton Orient to pick up a home win against Morecambe and Crawley Town to win or draw against Hartlepool.

I'll finish it off with two Championship bets, with Burnley to see off Wolves and Birmingham claiming the three points at home against a Fulham side that sit fourth bottom of the Championship form table.

Picks:

Skunks v Sunderland, both teams to score and draw: 15/4 - £5

Walsall, Leyton Orient, Burnley and Birmingham to win & Crawley to win or draw: 11.68/1 - £5